After a less than startling stage, Mark Cavendish took an impressive stage win ahead of Arnaud Démare and Fernando Gaviria. The 'Manx Missile' went early and none of the other fast-finishers could get past him. Mathieu van der Poel held the pink jersey going into the first rest day.
With Saturday's first monument of the season, Milano-Sanremo, on the horizon, Spencer Martin gives us his 'Ten Takeaways' before the ‘La Classicissima’. And, after his Milano-Torino win, is Mark Cavendish the best sprinter at Quick-Step?
When Ed Hood listed the track riders who turned successfully to the road, it caused a landslide of suggestion of the riders Ed had missed. So, here is part 2 and even more 'Trackies turned Roadies'.
It's complicated, the battle between good PR and winning stages in the biggest race on the planet - Should Mark Cavendish start the 2022 Tour de France, or is Fabio Jakobsen a safer bet for stage success? Spencer Martin gives us his thoughts on the Quick-Step - Alpha Vinyl quandary.
Deceuninck - Quick-Step's fast finisher, Mark Cavendish, won his 34th Tour de France stage to equal the great Eddy Merckx. The finalé was a complicated matter with a technical run-in, but the Manx Missile did the business again. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) held the overall lead.
Deceuninck - Quick-Step did it again and put Mark Cavendish in the perfect position to win his 33rd Tour de France stage - one short of 'The Cannibal' Eddy Merckx's record. The Manxman was a good wheel ahead of Wout van Aert and Jasper Philipsen. Overall leader, Tadej Pogačar, finished safely in the bunch.
There was a crazy start and finished to stage 6 finishing in Chateauroux. After failed break attempts, the race settled down, but there was a wild sprint finish on the menu. With some 'ducking and diving' Mark Cavendish took his second stage win of 2021 and his 32nd of the Tour de France.
The stage nearly went to the solo Brent Van Moer, but the Lotto Soudal rider was swamped by the sprint hungry bunch only metres from the finish line. The battle was on for the win and it was the Manx Missile, Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) who shot ahead of the others for his 31st Tour de France stage win.